The '''Bureau of Yards and Docks''' was the branch of the United States Navy
responsible from 1842 to 1966 for building and maintaining navy yards, Dry dock|drydocks
, and other facilities relating to Shipbuilding|ship construction
, maintenance, and repair.
The Bureau was established on August 31, 1842 by an act of Congress
(5 Stat. 579), as one of the five United States Navy bureau system|bureaus
replacing the Board of Navy Commissioners|Board of Naval Commissioners
established in 1815.
The Bureau was abolished effective in 1966 as part of the United States Department of Defense|Department of Defense
's reorganization of its material establishment, being replaced by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command